The Experimental Analysis of Behavior track of ABAI's annual meeting is 90% scheduled. Who's ready for San Diego?
My watchwords this year were 'minimize competition.' I grouped symposia thematically so as not to schedule talks that cover similar topics at the same time, limited the number of submissions scheduled opposite EAB invited speakers, and made sure at most one EAB event offers CEUs at any given time so they don't compete with each other. As much as possible, I also tried to restrict the events at 8am, noon and 6pm to avoid competing with meals. San Diego is shaping up to be a great conference and I'm excited to see what the other program areas have to offer!
Quantitative analyses of behavior involve describing, forecasting and explaining behavior using mathematical equations. This approach can generate very accurate, precise descriptions of behavior. It makes objective comparison of different explanations possible. Sometimes, models generate surprising predictions and explain things you would not expect from verbal descriptions alone!